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Saved by the Max closes down Chicago pop-up and heads for Los Angeles

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

It's hard to believe that Saved by the Max, everyone's favorite Saved by the Bell–themed diner, opened its doors in Chicago just over a year ago. Since then, we've been spoiled with A.C. Sliders, Mac & Screech and endless Instagrams of the neon-hued space. But all good things must come to an end (including spandex), and with that, Saved by the Max closed its doors for service last night and announced the next leg of its journey: Los Angeles.

Angelenos can expect Saved by the Max to debut before the end of the year, marking the “official first stop of its road trip across the country,” according to a release. “The journey of Saved by The Max never fails to amaze us,” says Derek Berry, one of the partners behind the diner. “To see it evolve from fan idea turned overnight social media craze, to an entire sold-out year of operations in Chicago, and now coming full circle with a move to the show’s hometown of L.A. is nothing short of a dream come true for us all. It’s a real testament to the enduring popularity and legacy of the show.”

The full food and drink menu for L.A. will be released later this year, but Angelenos will be able to try favorites from the Chicago diner including Tori's Fried Chicken, the Bayside Burger, Preppy BLT and more. Though Brian Fisher (Schwa, Entente) and Mari Katsumura (Acadia) collaborated on the menu for the Chicago pop-up, there's no word if Saved by the Max will work with a chef in L.A. to develop more menu items.

Hey, hey, hey, Los Angeles. Get ready for the freshest dose of ’90s nostalgia you didn't know you needed. 

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